Friday, November 20, 2015

Different ways we can make new and clean India (Sachho Bharat) by the help of handloom and handicrafts

Ever since the earliest beginnings, the handlooms and handicrafts industry in India has been an essential part of this country’s culture. While the word ‘industry’ was only applied to it much later on, the arts of handlooms and handicrafts developed since the earliest days in Indian history along with its religious and social fabric. Over the years, different types of handicraft items and handloom clothing materials have evolved that has appealed buyers both in this country and abroad. The practices of making handicrafts and handlooms have slowly and gradually evolved into organized trades, although records of India maintaining trading relations with other countries and exporting handloom fabrics and handicrafts have been found in ancient documents. In the last century or so, India has developed strong trading relations with various countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, certain parts of Africa and many other regions of Asia, offering them high quality handloom fabrics and beautifully made handicrafts.

These trading relations that India has with other countries have benefited India in a great way by bringing in large sums of revenue. This has not only helped India to be more self reliant but also made it possible for millions of people in this country to depend on something else apart from agriculture to earn their daily livelihood. The handloom sarees and other garments that are produced in India are of really top notch quality and the same can be said of the handicrafts that reflect the beliefs and traditions of different parts of this country in which they originate. It is therefore only natural that they will have great demand in foreign markets. Nevertheless, in the recent times the handicraft and handloom industry in India has faced stiff competition from various other countries such as China and Japan when it comes to exporting these goods to foreign countries. The other thing that has made it difficult for people within the handloom and handicraft industry is the increasing taxes on raw materials that they make use of for producing the finished goods.

Build new and clean India

It is in such regards that many politicians and social workers have now come forward to incite the local and national government bodies to reduce taxes on the raw materials so that the people involved in the handicraft and handloom industry find it easier to expand their businesses. The government bodies are also taking strategic measures so that the handloom and handicrafts industries can benefit from them. Steps are being taken so that there is growth in annual exports in foreign lands. Even social media and online shopping sites are coming forward to promote handlooms and handicrafts that will eventually benefit the country.

Handlooms and handicrafts are also going to play a crucial role in making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Sachho Bharat” campaign a grand success. The main goal of the “Sachho Bharat” campaign is to create a clean, pollution-free India within 2nd October 2019 which is the 150th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The new and clean India (Sachho Bharat) campaign is also going to incite a strong fervor of nationalism and independence among Indians. Not only it is going to educate people about the importance of sanitation activities but it is also going to inculcate the habit of taking responsibility and doing one’s own part. The handlooms and handicrafts of India have been following the same philosophy for hundreds of years. They have helped the people in India to create their own clothes and their own utilitarian items and imbibe in them a strong sense of self reliance. Such factors are going to increase the importance of handicrafts and handlooms in the coming months as a vehicle of social change.             

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